Meet our youngest fan – Aodhan Kirkham-Healey: Age six, Belgium born, raised in Canada and now a budding hipster Wiener dedicated to learning German and enjoying Vienna’s café culture.

Like so many other third culture kids, he’s multilingual, wise beyond his years, and already nostalgic for the people and places in his transnational existence.


When people ask me where I am from I might tell them Belgium or Canada or England. Because I was born in Brussels, but my mom is Canadian because that was my home for five years. I am English because my dad is English; My ­grandparents live there.

I can visit my grandparents in the U.K. easily from Vienna. I went to the ­Grossglockner on holiday – they don’t have one of those in Canada. There are foods that I miss from Toronto – the dumplings and bao from Mother’s ­Dumplings are so good. But I really like Veganista ice cream.

The most confusing thing about learning German is remembering that the “W” sounds like a “V.”
I feel lucky to be a third culture kid and to have so many friends around the world, but I miss my grandparents.

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